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Governor Signs Bill That Could Hurt Local Funding

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill yesterday that intends to financially penalize cities that pass laws or policies that don't comply with state law.

SB 1487, which takes effect later this year, requires the state treasurer to withhold revenue sharing dollars from any city or county once the attorney general concludes the local laws or policies are contrary to state statutes.

Annual César E. Chávez March & Rally Tomorrow

The 16th annual César E. Chávez March & Rally starts tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave. The festivities begin with a walk to Rudy Garcia Park at South 6th Avenue and Irvington Road where the rally will take place. All activities are free.

This year's event will include more than 300 students from all over the United States who are in Tucson for the national Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Conference.

ICYMI: Firefighters Save Five Puppies From House Fire That Displaced Residents

Tucson firefighters rescued five puppies from a fire that destroyed a home on Wednesday and displaced its four residents. When crews from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) arrived at the home near Fort Lowell Road and Stone Avenue, they saw heavy smoke at the house and discovered the fire was coming from the back bedroom.

Tucson Fire Department Submits Plan to Help Balance City Budget

Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Chief Jim Critchley is offering a $4.7 million budget reduction plan to help the City of Tucson balance its budget for the next fiscal year and beyond.

In a recently-released memo to staff, Critchley's plan includes job reclassifications and possible demotions, reducing overtime, not filling some vacancies, converting some commissioned fire prevention inspectors to civilian positions, and other cost savings.

Tucson Police Watching for Impaired Drivers This Weekend

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit will have increased DUI enforcement efforts for St. Patrick’s Day today and through the weekend.

As part of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force, TPD and other law enforcement agencies will deploy additional officers and resources in DUI saturation patrols. This DUI deployment is one of 14 designated weekend DUI deployments this year for TPD and the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force.

Hotel Construction Downtown to Alter Traffic

In order to facilitate concrete delivery for construction of the AC Marriott Hotel at Fifth Avenue and Broadway Boulevard, some modifications to vehicular traffic will be needed this week. Starting tonight at 10:30, through 4 p.m. tomorrow, the left lane of Broadway will be closed between Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. On Saturday, the left lane of Broadway will be closed again between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

AC Marriott Hotel Construction

Construction is progressing on the new AC Marriott Hotel in Downtown Tucson on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. In order to facilitate concrete delivery, some modifications to the traffic control set-up hours will be necessary.  Below are the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this construction this week. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures.

Senior Scam Prevention Event This Friday

Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres and Legislative District 2 State Senator Andrea Dalessandro present a forum this week to offer tips to keep seniors safe from scam artists.

There will be presentations from representatives of the Arizona Attorney General, Pima County Attorney, Pima County Sheriff, Pima Council on Aging, DES Adult Protective Services, AARP, and more. Presenters will be available to answer questions and provide resources during the forum.

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